TAS officers target Metro evaders

Fare evaders in Tasmania will be targeted in a three-month trial to determine the extent of offending

Metro Tasmania will start a three-month trial next week to determine the extent of fare evasion and underpayment across the bus network.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Alan Pedley says Authorised Officers will travel on buses in throughout the trial to check and enforce correct payment of fares.

"We are advising passengers to ensure they pay the correct bus fare, have selected the correct default trip on their Greencard and are entitled to any concessions they claim," he says.

"If a passenger fails to have the correct ticket or is found to be over-riding on their Greencard, they could receive a caution or even a fine.

"But this is also a positive exercise for passengers and Metro. Our officers will assist passengers with information on the use of Greencard and the cost benefits of using them as opposed to purchasing paper tickets for travel."

Authorised Officers will use hand-held Greencard devices to check boarding and trip information, conduct visual checks of paper tickets and ensure that any concessions being used are eligible.

"This trial should show the extent of fare evasions on our network, and what effect it has on Metro’s revenue," Pedley says.

"Some passengers may not even be aware they are breaking the law. For example, they may simply travel further than the default trip on their Greencard. Or they may not realise their entitlement to a fare concession has changed."

Pedley says paying the correct fare is the responsibility of the passenger.

"If they are taking a longer trip, they need to ask the driver to override the Greencard default."

The trial will commence on September 15. 

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